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by Shideler , August 15, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: Iris painting, aquaboard, botanical, floral, flower, nature, painting

And to think I said no more painting with purples for awhile after painting the two Lilacs.

After finishing the "Amethyst Lilac" painting, I was determined to paint something less complex and not purple. Well, being who I am, gravitating towards complexity in everything I do, I started this painting on Aquabord.

Aquabord is a relatively new hard surface for painting with watercolours. The beauty of this surface is that the completed piece is sprayed with acrylic Krylon archival varnish when completed and framed without glass. This piece is protected. As so many people now prefer to purchase paintings with out glass in order to eliminate glare from lighting and windows - this is a nice option. The main thing is, the work becomes a mixed media piece (remember the acrylic varnish?) Oh yes, the framing is also less expensive - less the matting and glass. Aquabord also comes cradled - my next purchase will be cradled - then no framing required at all - just finish the edges!

The surface is tricky, the colour holds well, but a mis-placed drop can remove the pigment. Also, when painting wet-in-wet, I find it harder to get an edge than with Arched 300lb paper. So, I love the surface, nice for a change - but will not be giving up working on paper.



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